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As Asian cities sink affecting 600 million people, managed retreat must be tabled

As Asian cities sink affecting 600 million people, managed retreat must be tabled

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: Even as Asia’s megacities continue to submerge, officials of one small Philippine city are planning a major US$460 million reclamation project that will damage or sink their beautiful seaside city into the dark blue southern sea. Scientists and environmentalists have called on the local government of Dumaguete to scrap the reclamation project, […]

Asia’s dilemma – back to school now or not?

Asia’s dilemma – back to school now or not?

By: Crispin Maslog MANILA: Calls to resume classes in Asia increasing even as vaccination against COVID-19 lags, posing health risks. ‘Close open, close open,’ goes a lesson on the first day at kindergarten as the barely six-year-old child closes and opens his hand and learns his first lessons in anatomy and language. That basic lesson may […]

Golden Rice’s unfulfilled promise

Golden Rice’s unfulfilled promise

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: Golden Rice, announced two decades ago as the answer to Vitamin A deficiency, is nowhere near production. In 2000, a Time magazine cover announced the sprouting of “Golden Rice”, promising to enhance nutrition for millions of poverty-stricken rice-eating Asians. The magazine showed the father of Golden Rice, Swiss plant researcher Ingo […]

Have vaccine passport, will travel

Have vaccine passport, will travel

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: China, where the COVID-19 pandemic began a long year ago, has now become the first country in the world to issue a vaccine passport to promote world economic recovery and facilitate cross-border travel. China’s foreign ministry has said the international health certificate is currently available only to its citizens. It is […]

Entrée for lab-grown meat

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: Lost in the unending stream of news about the COVID-19 pandemic is the recent report that Singapore has just approved lab-grown meat for human consumption. The approval was granted by the Singapore Food Agency to US food company Eat Just for their cultured ‘chicken bites’.  The company called this a watershed […]

To be or not to be (vaccinated) – That is the question!

To be or not to be (vaccinated) – That is the question!

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: The double good news is that vaccine hesitancy is going down as the Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out in the United States, Canada and Europe. A recent global survey shows that majority of the world’s population is now willing to take the vaccines. The survey involving 13,426 respondents in 19 […]

It all began in Wuhan: An inside story

It all began in Wuhan: An inside story

 By Crispin Maslog Chair of the Board, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)  WUHAN: “Around 9:30 a.m. on 22 January 2020, my brother and I were walking on the street to the library in Wuhan,” Ling Zhu said. Ling is a young Chinese from Wuhan who just finished her master’s degree in English and […]

Time for scientists to speak up and be heard

Time for scientists to speak up and be heard

By Crispin Maslog ‘Science communication, however, is not a one-way street. The public, on the other hand, should start taking science and scientists seriously.’ MANILA: Science and scientists are being viewed more positively by people across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the US, and other regions and countries as the COVID-19 pandemic peaks. Yet, ironically, despite the […]

Glasses can change the future of a billion people

Glasses can change the future of a billion people

By Crispin Maslog MANILA: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king, so the saying goes. Of the world’s 7.8 billion people, 2.2 billion have impaired vision. Of this number, about half are treatable. In effect, they are one-eyed kings who are better off than the 39 million who are completely blind. Nevertheless, […]

Poachers endanger South-East Asia’s rich biodiversity

Poachers endanger South-East Asia’s rich biodiversity

By Crispin Maslog LOS BAÑOS: Most days, except when it rains, I take regular one-hour walks along the lower end of the 4,244-hectare sloping campus of the College of Forestry, University of the Philippines Los Baños. The campus is at the heart of the Makiling Forest Reserve, which is a world centre for plant biodiversity. […]

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